Vanbrugh pub developer appeals against rejection of plan for house on beer garden

Vanburgh Tavern house
The house took inspiration from the new council houses opposite the Vanbrugh, the architect said

The developer behind rejected plans to build a house behind The Vanbrugh pub in east Greenwich, including on part of its beer garden, has appealed to planning inspectors.

There were 279 public objections to the scheme, while local MP Matt Pennycook also voiced his opposition to the plans, the latest in a long line of attempts to build on the land on Vanbrugh Hill that date back to the 1970s.

Greenwich planning officers had recommended approval of the plans, but councillors on the Greenwich area planning committee rejected the scheme in July, branding it an “incongruous development” that would provide a poor living environment because of the adjacent beer garden.

The developer had wanted to build a three-bedroom house facing Vanbrugh Hill. It argued that previously there had been housing on the site – possibly destroyed in World War II, though there are no records of bombs at that location – and that the plans would still provide the Vanbrugh with “a significantly large garden space for an urban pub, particularly in London”.

A previous plan to build two houses that would have taken up more of the beer garden was refused in 2017, with a further plan being withdrawn later that year.

Comments can be sent to the Planning Inspectorate, citing reference 3214042.

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